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Craigslist Drops Ads For Erotic Services

Prior to garnering a namesake killer, Craigslist took a laissez-faire approach to erotic advertising. The site offered a gold mine for anyone looking to sell, or pay for, sex.

After the murders of call girls who advertised on the site, the classifieds giant will no longer advertise "erotic services." Craigslist announced today that it will create a new "adult services" category. (Semantics can be so sexy.) The change goes further than the name: Craigslist employees will monitor the site, and initial postings will cost $10.

For a while now, law enforcers around the country have argued that Craigslist abetted prostitution with its hands-off approach. If you're wondering how blatant ads for prostitution went on for so long, federal law says that online hosts cannot be held responsible if third-party posters violate the law.

Still, public pressure motivated Craigslist to make a change. It also noted in its statement that the site's violent crime rate is far lower than the violent crime rate associated with print classified and throughout general American society.

Do you think Craigslist is taking a responsible approach, or is this just "erotic services" with another name?

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Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
If Craig's List is responsible for this girl getting killed, then Guns & Ammo magazine is responsible for all acts of gun violence. Just because you put something out there doesn't mean you are saying "Hey, this is 100% safe". There are obvious risks when you advertise services like that (and I have no issues with women or men who provide those services). This was incredibly unfortunate, but as it stands, this man was going to do this to any other woman wherever he found them (adult magazines, other online websites..etc). On a side note, I am getting a little irked by the fact they keep saying she was an Internet masseuse, I have never seen real masseuses pose for scantily clad pictures.
JessieSP JessieSP 8 years
I heard the CEO speaking on CNN this morning, and it sounded like he was saying that Craigslist have opened a new category for sexual content, but that they would closely monitor their adult section. When the anchorman from CNN kept questioning the CEO, saying things like....."Look, aren't you doing the same thing here, advertising adult content, but just in a differently named category, don’t you find yourself at some fault here when it comes to these victims". The CEO kept telling the anchorman that the website would now closely monitor all ads that were coming through and if they did not meet the new criteria, then they would not post it. Here is my opinion: So in other words, you can still advertise sexual content, like prostitution, just as long as you say it in a nonchalant manner that will not get Craigslist in trouble, like they appear to be with the public today because of these murdered victims that were visitors to the Craigslist website. Craigslist is at some fault here because they do NOT monitor their ads like they should. Craigslist owners and employees, clearly turn their backs on perverts, just as long as they are getting publicity and more visitors to their website.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Hypno, You, too?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Ah shucks and I was expecting a bus load of Greek sailors.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Here's the thing - I can understand how they couldn't be held liable before this change, but now that they're monitoring the site and charging for ads it could really change the legal landscape in that respect.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Damn. NOW how is anyone going to get laid?
margokhal margokhal 8 years
"Adult services" sounds like it could include more things. Of course, most of the things I'm thinking of are sexual or erotic in some way, so maybe not. People are going to find erotic services some way, whether it's on Craigslist or not. That means the danger of having a psycho killer scouring the site is always going to be around.
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
I think that it's perfectly responsible, but I wouldn't even fault them if they kept it the way it was. As sad as the situation is, it's not their fault, and like they said, it's still statistically safer than print classifieds or however else you were going to get your fix. That said, I think that this is a good way of getting back some loyalty and maybe keeping things safer now that people have it in their minds.
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